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Porter Cable 690LR Router

A classic tried-and-true router that has remained virtually unchanged for decades - if it's not broke, don't fix it!
Item #
29205
Rating:
96% of 100

Porter Cable promotes power and efficiency with this 690LR Fixed-Base Router. Featuring a powerful 1-3/4 horsepower motor to generate 27,500 RPM for precise cutting. Stressing comfort and ease of use, this unit has two ergonomic handles allowing you to comfortably control every move. Router includes collets to accept both 1/4" and 1/2" shank bits.


Features:
  • 11 Amp motor producing 1-3/4 Peak HP
  • 27,500 rpm single speed motor
  • Cam lock lever enables simple coarse height adjustments and motor release (fixed base)
  • Micrometer depth adjustor accurate to 1/128"
  • Dust-sealed switch and sealed ball bearing construction enhance tool durability
  • Precision machined aluminum motor housing and base
  • Auto-release collet system allows for easy bit removal after use
  • Collets included to accept 1/4" and 1/2" shank bits
  • Under table stop prevents motor from inadvertently rotating out of base
  • Overmolded grips for greater comfort in extended use
(1) Porter Cable 690LR Router
(1) 1/4" Collet
(1) 1/2" Collet
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With the Rockler Protection Plan, you'll get accidental damage coverage immediately upon purchase of your tool. Plus, we will extend the manufacturer's warranty for your choice of an additional 1 or 2 years. We'll take care of all parts and labor for any repairs, with no deductibles and no hassles. If your tool can not be repaired, we'll gladly replace it. Available in the US only. Click here to learn more.

Standard Manufacturer's Warranty: 36 months
More Information
Brand Porter-Cable
Manufacturer Part Number 690LR
Weight 9.7000
Tech Spec
  • Power: 120 VAC, 25-60 Hz
  • Amps: 11 A
  • Motor Diameter: 3-1/2"
  • No Load Speed: 27,500 RPM
  • Collets: 1/4" and 1/2"
  • Base: 5-3/4" Round
  • Length: 12"
  • Width: 5-1/2"
  • Height: 8-5/8"
  • Weight: 8 lbs.
Speed Range 27500 RPM
HP 1-3/4 HP
4.8 / 5.0
72 Reviews
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Great Router
Just purchased this week. Started using it today, Powerful, smooth, easy to operate. Couldn't be more satisfied.
January 24, 2020
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
I bought this to replace a 15y old one that broke(my fault). I use it as a table router it fit perfectly into the old bases that I was using and jigs. The only difference with the locking mechanism and the switch.
January 10, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Can't Go Wrong
This is my 2nd PC 690LR router from Rockler. One is on my regular Rockler router table and the 2nd is on my portable Rockler table. It's the go-to standard for me in the shop, no complaints whatsoever.
December 19, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great Router
I bought this for my Kreg Table. It runs like a charm, with more than enough power for my 1/2" bits.
December 4, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
A great purchase
Could not be happier from the price, delivery to the router itself. Currently using it with my Kreg router table making outdoor furniture a breese.
November 21, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Standard choice in routers
The PC690 seems to be the industry standard for a basic workhorse router. It doesn't have flashy bells or whistles but it just works. Very solid construction and has been working fine in my router table. Very happy with the purchase and got it at a good price at Rockler.
November 21, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
My 2nd one, cuz 2 is better than 1
Runs like a champ
November 17, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Top of the ine Router!
This is the "Go To" router in my shop. Several mounted in tables and several used as "hand held" machines. The locking mechanism is quick and precise - much better than the thumb screws on the older models.
November 14, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Great router
I have other Porter Cable routers and love them. I bought this one as a dedicated router for my dovetail jig. Haven’t used it yet but I know it wii be fine.
November 14, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Great router for $100.
Surprised by the power of this router. Turns half inch bits without issue.
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November 11, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Tried and true router.
Matthew K on Jan 25, 2020
Product reputation and price.
Steve on Jan 25, 2020
Tried and true router.
Matthew K on Jan 25, 2020
My old Craftsman router is on its last legs.
Robert A on Jan 25, 2020
Product reputation and price.
Steve on Jan 25, 2020
Great router I have one permanently mounted to my router table. Because of the price i bought this as a time saving convenience.
Katherine T on Jan 24, 2020
I already own one of these and bought another because of the great deal.
John L on Jan 24, 2020
Need another router
Calvin P on Jan 24, 2020
Reviews were excellent. I needed a basic router for my router table. My old Bosch just wore out.
Robert G on Jan 24, 2020
My very old 690LR router finally wore out. This is a replacement. With this order I will have (2) working 690's, one for router table and one for free hand stuff.
Jerry S on Jan 23, 2020
Price and customer reviews
Robert L on Jan 22, 2020
My 50 yr. old Rockwell router bearings are screeching... it's time! Not to mention my respect for Porter Cable equipment based on their early 60s 4" oil bath /worm drive belt sanders I worked with back then... what a workhorse!
James R on Jan 22, 2020
Great Deal....Sears had it for over $230
DAVID A on Jan 21, 2020
I've had this same model router for over 30 years and it's begun to act up. Obviously, my experience with it has been excellent, plus Rockler is selling it for $40 off. Win-win!
Jeff M on Jan 20, 2020
Quality and great price
John R. H on Jan 20, 2020
Affordable and name brand.
Vickie B on Jan 20, 2020
Been using this router for a long time and it performs well and is reliable.
DALE S on Jan 19, 2020
Dependable
Darrell M on Jan 17, 2020
Better Router out there considering both quality and price. Sale price was exception value.
Richard M on Jan 16, 2020
My daughter wanted it for Christmas. She researched lots of routers and felt this was the best one out there for the money. Nice that it was on SALE also!!
Deborah S on Jan 16, 2020
Being on sale, it is considerably less costly than at retail store. Numerous positive reviews. Plan to use with recently purchased router.
IRA L on Jan 15, 2020
I need one for my sign guide price was right!
Joe on Jan 15, 2020
Price was good. Been waiting till it came on sale
Randy R on Jan 13, 2020
For an over arm router table setup.
William L on Jan 12, 2020
Great price
Paul T on Jan 12, 2020
I have an older 690 router that still works good but is getting worn out Its a good router especially for that price.
G on Jan 12, 2020
To use with a router lift.
Bob H on Jan 11, 2020
PC 690 is a solid router. I have two still going strong for years. D-handle is very handy. This sale price is too good to pass up.
Ken F on Jan 11, 2020
I've used PC routers for forty years and never would consider another brand. This 690lr was on sale with a great price.
Gary K on Jan 10, 2020
Have several Porter Cable tools and enjoy them and find that they work well and are durable. This will add to that tool trove.
DrDuck on Jan 10, 2020
i needed a good router
Douglas M on Jan 10, 2020
Price, Quality
Robert F on Jan 10, 2020
Needs another router
GEORGE B C on Jan 10, 2020
I use two of these now and would like to replace a third router with this one.
James S on Jan 10, 2020
I have a number of Porter Cable tools and have always had good luck with them.
Fred M on Jan 10, 2020
I own three of these and will keep the shop set up the same.
James C on Jan 7, 2020
tried and true - GREAT price
Russ on Jan 7, 2020
I bought this to use table mounted to replace my entry level Ryobi. This has good reviews and a great sale price.
Brendon R on Jan 5, 2020
Proven, reliable model
Robert A on Jan 4, 2020
Brand and price
Scot A K on Jan 4, 2020
Is there another brand?
Eric R on Jan 4, 2020
I have used one for about 25 years before it needed its bearings replaced. Really had great luck with the 690. Wanted a couple more for dedicated purposes
Kevin H on Jan 3, 2020
Price, have used one of these for years, it finally needed replacement.
Joe J on Jan 3, 2020
Price
Adam G on Jan 3, 2020
good price, good machine. I have owned fifteen of these machines over the years in my business
Fletcher S on Jan 3, 2020
USED IN OUR SHOP
Doug S on Jan 3, 2020
Excellent router, great price.
Janet L on Jan 2, 2020
I have another Porter Cable router. It works fine. I decided to add a second one.
Walter M on Jan 2, 2020
I have two of these already and they are great routers.
Tim on Jan 2, 2020
Price and Porter Cable quality
Leon W on Jan 1, 2020
it is a great product
Ruben M on Oct 24, 2019
Adding a second identical router to my collection for multi-bit jobs and for times when I want to leave one set up in the router table.
bill l on Oct 24, 2019
My old Craftsman router is on its last legs.
Robert A on Jan 25, 2020
Great router I have one permanently mounted to my router table. Because of the price i bought this as a time saving convenience.
Katherine T on Jan 24, 2020
does this work well with the Leigh dovetail jigs?
R B on Mar 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes it works very well
What are the options for dust collection? Thank you.
michael on Dec 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: none
Does this router work with a variable speed control ?
Rex B on Apr 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I use this motor in my router table, I have a variable speed control mounted on the outside of the cabinet which is very convenient. I back off on the speed when using large bits, you know you're going too fast when there is vibration.
Do 1/4" and 1/2" collets come with it? 690LR router
A shopper on Jun 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes they do
Do the PC templates fit the sub base of this router directly or do I need another sub base to use them? I'd like to get a dovetail jig eventually and need to use them
John T on Jul 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I believe that you are talking about porter cable guide bushings. At least I think you are. If that is
indeed the case then the answer is yes. The Porter Cable 690 base has the opening size to fit the
bushings
Does this router have soft start?
Matthew W on Oct 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is single-speed, no soft start. However, there is minimal jerking at startup because it is only 1-3/4 hp.
Would this router be suitable for use in UK ?
John K on Nov 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This has been a great router, but it runs on 110vac. I can trembler if you guys are 110 or 220 if you are running on 220 then you need to check if porter cable makes one rated for your voltage if not I would look into a trend router, I believe they are a uk company, I have one of their plunge routers and like that one as well. Good luck, hope this helped.
Are wrenchs included with purchase of Porter Cable router?
Ray B on Nov 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes
I'm using the
1" D x 1-3/4" H x 1/2" Shank Rockler Pattern Flush Trim Bit
Item #: 37348 to pattern shape two pieces of 3/4" thick Marine plywood that will be laminated together to build an inflatable boat transom. Which router would be the best choice for this bit and job? I plan to cut the 1.5" thick transom plug about 1/4" proud of the transom template on all sides so the bit will be trimming about 1/4 of stock 1.5" thick. The transom plug is of such size, shape and weight I figured it would be best to clamp it to the work table and hand hold the router. two concerns are that I want a router powerful enough to do the job without bogging down and rippling the edge yet I want a router that's not to big that I can't control it with two hands. I'm looking at the Porter 690LR or the Porter 7918, is the Porter 7918 to large and powerful to hold two handed? on bench clamped stock? Is there a better choice than one of these routers?
Jim K on May 3, 2016
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BEST ANSWER: I have the 3 1/4 router and I love it It has 5 speeds just take small passes and take your time I think you will get better uses with this router down the road
does it come with a case
William B on Mar 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No it does not come with a case
can I buy the 3/8 collet for the 690LR?
Joseph Demski on Mar 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes. 1/4 and 1/2 are included, but 3/8 (not included) will also work.
What router table is compatible with the 690 or?
S A on Mar 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I mounted it on a Rockler monting plate. It seems to be a generic fit but I don't have a full list.
Is a plunge base available for this router?
Thomas S on May 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: What is the part number for the plunger base. I have been looking for this. Called rockler surprisingly they had no clue????πŸ˜–πŸ˜₯
will this router work on the rockler router table #51281 that has the pro-lift?
Paul T on Oct 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, This should fit your table. Jerry
Can this router be use to flatten wood slabs using a router sledge jig?
Enrique D on May 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It will work for that. Its a bit under-powered if you are using a large bit, like 2" or you're making a real heavy cut, but take it slow, and give it a break to cool if you are doing a large slab, but it'll get the job done!!
AM TRYING TO FIND THE SIZE OF THE EDGE GUIDE SCREW PART #803160 I LOST THEM AND NEED TO REPLACE?
RICH B on Jul 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I do not know the answer to the question however I Porter Cable can give you the demention of the screw then any hardware store can get them for you. Hope this helped.
My porter cable router did not have the line scribed on the motor base for measurments. I returned it and that one does not have a line either. Do i have to add my own line ?
Stephen D on May 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Stephan - Not sure what you mean by a line on the router base to measure from, but i can tell you that the brass set up bars they have are great. The bars or magnetic plastic stacking shims work great for me and are quite fast for set ups. They are great for your router table as well.
where is it made?
WYATT S on Mar 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The router itself is made in Mexico. The accessories are made in China. I have purchased over 50 of these routers over the years for my high production wood factory and they are excellent. RPM are very high, the cut is smooth and they last under heavy, daily use. Also, they are not as loud as many other routers.
Will this router work with the Rockler dovetail jig?
Brian H on Dec 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes worked very good
Hi,
Does it come with 230V or can it be switched to 230V ?
Arild A on Sep 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 120 volt
New kid on the block, just started wood working for bed headboards dresse,out door chairs,ext. which router would you recommend for amateur?
Bill A on May 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This is a great choice for a first router. I've got a number of routers in my shop, but the 690 is the one I use most often for general tasks - you really can't go wrong with this one.
Will this work in the UK? we run on 230volts
El Tel on Dec 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Lol this is the second time I've gotten this question. My answer is still the same .... If you guys are running 220-250v then see if you can get one rated in uk for that. The ones here are built to run on 110v. Your other option is to look at one from trend I believe they are a uk company I have a plunge router from them and am quite pleased with it ..... Good luck hope this helped
Is this router considered a midsized router and can it fit the portable convertible bench top table?
Richard B on Jan 25, 2020
Will the moter of the PC router 690LR fit into the D handle of an old PC router 691?
Steve B on Dec 1, 2018
A porter cable 690 is supposed to fit my tab le. What is a 690LR?
Roger D on Dec 27, 2017